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Custom Spesh FSR -- 2013 updates

Postby DCR00 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 21:33 pm

Evening all

Taster of whats coming next

The Scale 20 is gone. Ace bike, but not great for throwing down hills.

So have taken 95% of parts from that and will be transfering to a 2009 Spesh FSR XC frame with some RS Sektor forks

Apologies for pic - Blackberry camera

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Trial fit tonight to make sure existing brake cables fit, and to see how much gear outer i need - rear brake outer is tight, but i think ill need a smaller stem anyway, so that should solve that little issue

Frame has the original X-Fusion shock, which is going for a Fox Float R

Frame and forks are off to the LBS on Sunday to get headset cups, crown race and star nut fitted, steerer cut down, BB faced, fork travel reduced to 130mm, and rear shock bushes done

Then build up next week for a day at Llandegla next Sat 8)
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Postby DCR00 » Fri Sep 09, 2011 20:08 pm

Right, about time i got some pics of the new bike

As above, most of the parts have been taken off the Scale i used to have.

Why did i change it ? the Scale is an awesome bike, but it was rubbish for trail centre riding. I felt like id been beaten up after riding the Monkey Trail, so i decided to take the plunge into FS territory, whilst not wanting to spend a heap of cash. So decided to start small with a 120mm trail bike and the FSR XC had some good reviews and you can pick up 2nd hand frames for a couple of hundred, so seemed like a good option. It feels very similar to the Scale in terms of seated position, but feels more stable over rough ground, plus the extra travel makes for a more comfortable ride.

The Fulcrum wheels have gone since they weren't compatible with 15mm QR like i thought they were and have been replaced with Superstar AM490 wheels with 15mm QR front and 10mm QR rear switch hubs.

Forks are RS Sektors, reduced to 130mm from 150mm. Very impressed with them so far. Way better than the F100's i had on the Scale.

The stock X-Fusion shock has gone for a Fox Float R. Its an old unit, but has been serviced and seems to work just fine. With time i will look to move to an RP2.

Still fiddling with sag and rebound on both front and rear. So far been to Llandegla and Cannock with it. So far im very happy. Still have some learning to do as this is my first FS bike, but im def converted :D

Spec as follows

Frame - Specialized M4 FSR XC
Forks - RS Sektor RL 15mm QR
Shock - Fox Float R
Headset - Cane Creek S3
Stem - KCNC Bear Arm 70mm 5 degree rise
Bars - FSA K-Force flat (640mm)
Brakes - Formula K18 Oro (Hayes rotors, Ti-Bolts)
Shifters - Shimano XT (Goodridge cables and Outers)
Grips - Grey Superstar Lockons with white locks
Chainset - Shimano SLX (34T, 28T)
Pedals - Gusset PInheads
Bottom Bracket - Hope SS
Front Mech - Shimano Deore
Rear Mech - Shimano XT
Cassette - Shimano SLX
Wheels - Superstar AM490 rims on Superstar Switch Hubs
Tyres - (F) Mountain King 2.4 folding, (R) Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO
Seatpost - Specialized Alloy
Saddle - Specialized Toupe Team

The seatpost and saddle will be going in time. The saddle is rubbish for trail riding and i want an adjustable seatpost. Will probably be going for a KS i900 and a Charge Spoon.

Also unsure about the Mountain King front tyre. After riding it twice at Cannock, i'm not convinced its that good a tyre for trail centre riding. May move the RR back to the front.

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Comments welcome :D

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Postby MountainMonster » Fri Sep 09, 2011 20:34 pm

Some quite nice attention to detail with the jockey bolts and chainring bolts and such.

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Postby DCR00 » Fri Sep 09, 2011 21:10 pm

that was originally done on the Hopper and has made its way onto this bike.

To be honest, i prob wouldnt do that again, purely cause its not very durable (i.e. looks sh*t after about a week)

This build is all about durability. The Scale was about lightness, this is about taking a kicking :wink:

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Postby bigpee » Fri Sep 09, 2011 21:20 pm

Nice bike - the white theme is one I'm trying to pursue myself. Very good to see the formula brakes in use - think that's my next purchase :) .
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Postby DCR00 » Fri Sep 09, 2011 23:23 pm

bigpee wrote:Nice bike - the white theme is one I'm trying to pursue myself. Very good to see the formula brakes in use - think that's my next purchase :) .


Do it. Once you try Formula, you never go back.

I would avoid white for pedals and saddle tho, unless you like white/brown

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Re: Custom Spesh FSR

Postby DCR00 » Sun May 06, 2012 20:10 pm

Time for a few changes to the bouncer

TBH when I first bought this frame it was only meant to be a stand in for something bigger (travel wise) when i could afford it, but after getting it set up right, I'm really enjoying riding it and have decided to keep it.

That said, i am a bit of a bike tart, so a few changes are afoot

The frame has been stripped and sent off for powder coating at a place in Warrington. Going for "French Blue", which is the closest i could find to the Ultra Blue colour i was planning on when i was till debating whether to do the re-spray myself. Frame will be ready on Tuesday.

Whilst stripping the frame I destroyed the headset cups, so a new headset is on its way, along with new pivot bearings, frame wrap and jockey wheels. Am currently spraying the BB cups as they used to be red which doesn't go with my new Blue/Black colour scheme 8)

Speaking to Slik graphics about some new decals. Love the new inverse effect on the 2012 Spesh frames, so am speaking to them about decals in a darker blue. Only going for three decals - one for the downtube, one for the seatstay and one for the chainstay

Once this is all back together, the suspension is the next focus. Love the RP23 and the Sektor, but they can be better, so PUSH tuning for the RP23 and an RCT3 damper for the Sektor (only £120 from Loco Tuning...)

Lastly, I got a new job last week (with a good pay rise), so to celebrate I'm thinking some SLX brakes (i do love my formulas, but i must have read a dozen reviews saying the new Shimano brakes are the business, even up against Formula, so I'm being swayed), a possible move to 1x10, some Superstar Nano pedals and a Renthal SR4.

Watch this space for pics next week

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Re: Custom Spesh FSR

Postby peter_booker2003 » Mon May 07, 2012 14:26 pm

The SLX brakes are immense. I have a set and they are very good.

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Re: Custom Spesh FSR

Postby DCR00 » Wed May 09, 2012 21:58 pm

Ok, update time

picked the frame up yesterday from the powder coater. The colour isnt what i expected, but TBH i really like it and im glad it came out as it did.

Only small complaint is the amount of overspray (see pics), but i guess you get what you pay for (£50 for three pieces). Luckily Nitromors is taking it off, but there's a sh*tload of work to do on the frame before its ready for rebuilding. TBF this is the first time I've had a frame resprayed. Next time ill be more specific about what gets taped off and what doesnt.

The new seatclamp (Hope in black) and the Heli Tape arrived today. Next stage is working out which colour works best for decals. I was sold on either white or black, but I'm now thinking that yellow might be pretty cool (suggestions welcome)

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As you can see here, there is quite a bit of overspray round the face of the BB and in the threads. Annoyingly the last thing the guy said to me was "ill tape up the threads for you"...

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More overspray. This is more serious in that the threads have been completely painted. Luckily the Nitormors is taking it off.

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More overspray, this time on the head tube. Should be easy enough to remove compared to the BB and pivot threads.

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However, you can see that the overall finish is pretty good, hence why im putting up with the overspray...

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Re: Custom Spesh FSR

Postby sanchez89 » Thu May 10, 2012 10:15 am

a chase and face of your BB will sort that part out quick time.

as will a quick tap down through the pivot threads.

a bit of paint remover will sort the headtube out aswell like you said. you might have to get some fine emery on all the pivot points to make sure they get enought clearance to fit together properly.

but you know this already :-)

looks good colour though.
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Re: Custom Spesh FSR

Postby DCR00 » Fri May 11, 2012 07:24 am

after having a go at the BB last night, the overspray is coming off with Nitomors, which is a relief

Nothing from Slick Graphics yet, so i think im gonna go with some bright yellow graphics. Need to measure up tonight and get them ordered.

So this weekend i will mostly be stripping threads :)

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Re: Custom Spesh FSR

Postby IT66T » Fri May 11, 2012 21:19 pm

I'm loving the colour and i agree with you on the bright yellow for the graphics although a bright green would look just as good lol .
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Re: Custom Spesh FSR

Postby DCR00 » Sat May 12, 2012 21:52 pm

quick update

BB and some of the pivot points done

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Test fit of the BB cups went well, so all good

Nitromors is working well. A lot of content online suggests that it wont touch powder, but its done fine so far

Still quite a lot of work to do. Did a test fitting of pivot bolts and it would seem that the thickness of the powder means that every contact point needs doing, not just the threads. You might notice from the pic that the lower shock mounting has been stripped as well. The powder is only 1mm or so, but given the tolerances, that's too much.

Maybe another 4-5 hours and ill be there

On an easier note, I've cleaned up my XT rear mech and replaced the jockey wheels. Gone is the Red colour scheme. Back to Black. Despite some signs of use, you can see that its scrubs up pretty well, even after nearly 3 years of use.

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No decision on decal colours yet. Current thinking is bright orange....

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Re: Custom Spesh FSR - Opinions needed !

Postby DCR00 » Wed May 23, 2012 08:03 am

Reet

I need some opinions. I went for the Signal Yellow decals in the end. Fitted them last night, but im not sure if i like them. I think the Yellow works well against the Blue, but im not convinced about the outline effect of the main Specialized decal on the downtube. Thinking maybe that same Yellow, but block colour as opposed to outline ?

Thoughts on colour and style before I helitape it ?

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Re: Custom Spesh FSR -- Opinions needed !

Postby HarryK » Wed May 23, 2012 10:11 am

Nice, yellow and blue looks good!

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Re: Custom Spesh FSR -- Opinions needed !

Postby DCR00 » Wed May 23, 2012 10:31 am

After reading online that Sodium Hydroxide will strip anodise off, I decided to have a go at stripping the anodise off my chain guide

Tools for the job - sink unblocker (you can use Oven Cleaner as well), mixed with water in a glass bowl, and the offending chain guide bracket (wrong colour for the new paint)

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Make sure you have gloves on when you are handling this stuff as its a bit nasty

After 40 mins soaking in the bowl. You do need to brush off the anodise colour and some of the more resistant bits needed a bit of encouragment with some wire wool, but overall a decent finish.

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Lastly, chain guide reattached (after being cleaned with degreaser)

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Best thing is, this only cost about £3.50 to do, as opposed to the cost of a new chain guide

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Re: Custom Spesh FSR -- Opinions needed !

Postby bennett_346 » Wed May 23, 2012 11:22 am

Nice work man.

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Re: Custom Spesh FSR -- Opinions needed !

Postby 1mancity2 » Wed May 23, 2012 11:31 am

Looks good, was gonna say you may struggle with slik, I waited 2 months then got mine done local.
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Re: Custom Spesh FSR -- Opinions needed !

Postby DCR00 » Wed May 23, 2012 11:46 am

DNfive did them in the end

Top notch job i have to say. Would highly recommend.


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